KARACHI: With the political temperature rising in the country as parties ramp up their electioneering efforts, workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Sunday clashed with the police in Karachi’s Teen Talwar area. The development comes as PTI workers, in response to the party founder Imran Khan’s call, are holding rallies across the country with electioneering activities being held in various cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Quetta, and Rawalpindi. on the incident, police officials said that no permission was sought by the party to hold its rally as required by the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct. The clashes occurred as the police resorted to baton charges, aerial firing, and the use of tear gas to disperse the party workers, including women, who had gathered at the busy interchange. The clashes, which resulted in several arrests, also saw media personnel, including a Geo News cameraman suffering injuries due to the clashes between party workers and the police. As per Deputy Inspector General (DIG) South Asad Raza, at least seven officers, including Boat Basin SHO, suffered injuries after PTI workers attacked the police. Confirming that the police arrested 25 people during the clashes, Raza said that first information reports (FIRs) would be lodged against those involved in the incident — with provisions of assaulting on-duty police personnel, interfering with government affairs and anti-terror clauses. As per the initial details, the PTI rally’s rally’s route was changed last night to Sea View via Teen Talwar, from the previous Shahra-e-Quaideen to Mazar-e-Quaid. Commenting on the incident, PTI’s arch-rival Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) termed the former as a “terrorist” entity with the party’s Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif calling for the authorities to deal with the PTI workers with “iron hands”.



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